Top 10 benefits of using managed IT services

Businesses can benefit from using managed IT services. Our tips look at a few of these benefits.

1. Future proof services, using best-of-breed technology

Leading Managed Service Providers (MSPs) must use the best technologies and equipment on the market to deliver services. IT services are constantly upgraded with no additional cost or financial risk to yourself. You never have to worry that your Managed IT Services will become obsolete.

2. Low capital outlay and predictable monthly costs

The investment in specialist hardware and software will be high. A managed service offers the highest quality enterprise and carrier grade solutions to customers. A fixed monthly payment plan means you know what you're going to get and how much it's going to cost over the contract. No unexpected upgrade charges or changes in charges, guaranteed.

3. Flexible service

Managed IT Service Providers can be extremely flexible; a pay-as-you-go payment plan allows for quick growth when necessary, or cost savings when you need to consolidate.

4. Converged services

Multiple Managed IT Services can be provided over a single "converged" connection, resulting in cost-savings on infrastructure. There are additional productivity and efficiency benefits, in the fact that remote staff working from home have access to all the voice & data applications that your HQ staff use.

5. Highly resilient, secure infrastructure

A Managed Service Provider's data centres and managed network infrastructure is much more robust than a standard Enterprise IT service. Infrastructure is run under 24x7x365 management, with government approval security procedures.

6. Expertise

By selecting managed services you gain access to staff with specialist skills. Sometimes you will only need this skill once, so save the expense of training your staff for skills they will never use. Redcentric have invested £100m in its infrastructure and is backed by one of best 24x7x365 technical support and operations team.

7. Centralisation

With a managed network you can benefit from the ability to centralise all your applications and servers within managed data centres, this leads to improved performance of staff, regardless of location. Access to centralised data centres within the network can also provide access to virtual services, as well as storage and backup infrastructure.

8. Increased Service Levels

A Managed IT Service provides greater control of service levels and performance. With service level agreements in place you can be sure of continuity of service. A managed service company will also offer 24x7x365 support.

9. Disaster recovery and business continuity

The delivery of services is the life blood of the Managed Service Provider (MSP). They have designed networks and data centres that will be available, resilient and redundant for maintaining business continuity. You can take advantage of this significant technological investment. Your data will be safe and you voice services will continue to be delivered even if you main office is lost.

10. Green and lean

By centralising your critical business systems within data centres and running your applications on a virtual platform, your business can benefit from a huge power saving - lowering your carbon footprint whilst reducing costs.